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Proposed Bellevue Leash Law Causing Confusion

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Nicole Ebat

BELLEVUE (KPTM)- The Bellevue City Council is getting ready to vote on an ordinance that would make it illegal to tie up your dog outside and leave it alone for more than 15 minutes.

Opponents worry about how that could affect people who take their dogs on long walks  or kids who walk dogs.

The dogs run free at Bellevue's Jewell dog park. Some of the people there don't have yards or fences. They all say they wouldn't dream of tying up their dogs and leaving them alone.

"It's safety, would you tie up your kids outside, these are our kids," Tami Barber said.

So they're all for a possible ordinance that would make it illegal for people to leave a dog tethered outside alone for more than 15 minutes.

The dog could be tethered longer if an adult over 19 were outside with it.

People fighting the ordinance have taken out ads that read, "Monday your city council is set to vote to outlaw children under 19 from walking dogs in Bellevue.

"The ordinance as written would allow for a leash to be considered a tether and you couldn't take a dog out on a tether for more than 15 minutes without having someone 19 years old there," Pat Shannon said.

"We have no restrictions being placed on how to walk your dog, where to walk your dog, no restrictions on people letting their dog out in a fenced in yard, this is inaccurate and obviously meant to create fear amongst our citizens," Council member Carol Blood said.

The ordinance was modeled after one Omaha put in place a few years ago.

"It only deals with tethering an animal in your yard, it doesn't deal with fences, it doesn't deal with leashes it only deals with a dog that is tied up, in your yard for a certain amount of time," Pam Weise with the Humane Society said.

"It is about inhumane treatment to an animal and having them leashed to a tree in 100 degree weather without food and water or having them chained to a yard in 100 degree weather or 20 below and without proper food and water and shelter," Margie Guy said.

The council is set to vote on the ordinance Monday. If it passes, it would be complaint-based, meaning someone would have to call before officials would do anything.



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